Scotland's Marine Atlas Wins International Digital Book Awards

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APS Group Scotland is celebrating following a prestigious win at the Digital Book Awards 2014.

APS Group Scotland is celebrating following a prestigious win at the Digital Book Awards 2014 in the Ebook Flowable Academic category which recognises the company’s work in producing ‘Scotland’s Marine Atlas.’ The awards acknowledge excellence in digital publishing during the past twelve months with Penguin, Harper Collins and Yale University Press all counted as finalists across its various categories.

‘Scotland’s Marine Atlas’, published on behalf of Marine Scotland, a directorate of the Scottish Government, is the first full-colour marine atlas about Scotland’s seas ever produced and forms part of a wider design, print and -publishing service that APS provides to the Scottish Government. This project is designed to move publishing of its documents to e-books for the major tablet and e-reading devices. This in turn aims to help to spread messages more efficiently; improve accessibility and to better engage with younger, more digitally-literate audiences.

The awards gala took place on January 14 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in New York City at the Digital Book Awards, as part of the fifth Annual Digital Book World Conference Expo. Hosted by actor and content director of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton, the ceremony was attended by Allan Doyle, managing director and Jim Meiklejohn, operations director at APS Group Scotland. The award is the second accolade that ‘Scotland’s Marine Atlas’ has achieved following a Gold CIPR PRide award in the UK in October 2013.

“The Digital Book Awards celebrates the best in digital publishing and APS Scotland is incredibly proud to have won international recognition for its work on behalf of the Scottish Government,” said Allan Doyle, managing director, APS Group Scotland. ‘‘We are constantly striving to deliver the most innovative ways to communicate and are proud that our track record of embracing new technology has been recognised by our industry peers.”

“This year’s finalists represent the most creative work taking place in digital publishing today,” said David Blansfield, co-president of parent company F+W Media, Inc. “It’s our pleasure to honour these companies and individuals at Digital Book World.”

Notes to Editors:

APS Group Scotland

APS Group is an international marketing communications company that brings brands to life across every channel, in every market, all with a local touch. We streamline marketing and communication activities, improve processes and deliver cost savings through our creative approach, technology, sourcing skills and local insight. With over 600 employees across 21 sites worldwide, APS serves customers in a range of markets including publishing, retail, financial services, travel, automotive, healthcare, leisure, pharmaceutical and the public sector.

APS Group Scotland employs over 80 staff in Edinburgh servicing public sector and financial services clients and is contracted to manage publishing on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland is the directorate of Scottish Government (SG) responsible for marine and fisheries issues in Scotland. Its purpose is to manage Scotland's seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability and for Scotland, this means supporting:
61 per cent of the UK sea area
A fishing & aquaculture industry worth over £1 billion
Over 6,500 species of marine plants and animals
50,000 jobs in the marine industry
Up to a 25 per cent of Europe's tidal & offshore wind power and 10% of its wave power

Scotland’s Marine Atlas can be found at:


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